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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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1. The youngest son of Noah (; comp. 9:24). Having provoked the wrath of his father by an act of indecency towards him, the latter cursed him and his descendants to be slaves to his brothers and their descendants (). To judge, however, from the narrative, Noah directed his curse only against Canaan (the fourth son of Ham) and his race, thus excluding from it the descendants of Ham's three other sons, Cush, Mizraim, and Phut (). The general opinion is, that all the Southern nations derive their origin from Ham. Cush is supposed to have been the progenitor of the nations of East and South Asia, more especially of South Arabia, and also of Ethiopia; Mizraim, of the African nations, including the Philistines and some other tribes which Greek fable and tradition connect with Egypt; Phut, likewise of some African nations; and Canaan, of the inhabitants of Palestine and Phoenicia.

2. A poetical name for the land of Egypt (;;; ).

In occurs a country or place called Ham, belonging to the Zuzim, but its geographical situation is unknown.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ham'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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